Humanitarian & Philanthropist | Television Host | Mentor | Entrepreneur
In our society people are afraid of being judged. First, you must give yourself the chance to know who you are and what you stand for! I believe we need to heal internally before we give back, so first, figure out how to survive, how to thrive and, as you do, create a system that can also help others.
My name is Sally Akua Amoakowaa Mensah. I am a Ghanaian, a television host, mentor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a humanitarian. I was also onced the general manager of a renowned television station and the founder of Akua Street Aid Ghana. The landscape of broadcast journalism and media has changed over the years. I am currently the host and the executive producer of a few long serving television contents - like Purple Room Show, Miss Golden Stool etc. As a woman entrepreneur - (President of Groupe JayandJay and its subsidiaries) and being successful in my space, you are often expected to show a masculine side. I believe society seems to be moving away from that.
That said, I never really fit into any of it, even in today’s narrative. I am far from a stay-at-home-mom or a woman whose career is everything. I make my own space, one initiative at a time. I find a work-life balance. I take what inspires me about the movement and leave out what doesn’t. My community inspires me!
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?
One of the hurdles I faced in the beginning when I first started working full time in the media space, was finding balance (work, time management, family etc).
What advice would you give to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally? My advice to the youth is, stay humble. Consciously surround yourself with people who challenge you, inspire and intrigue you. Set up your space in a way that fosters creativity and feels calm and nurturing. Find your own way; you have to trust that. Fear is good. Don’t try to silence it, instead, listen to it.